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Mike Johnson nominated as Republican choice for House Speaker amidst party turmoil

Washington DC, United States: Mike Johnson is Republicans’ new nomination for the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. Johnson, who hails from the southern state of Louisiana, is the fourth Republican candidate to win the nomination of the party.

This nomination, for now, has brought relief as he has been selected after leaving the position vacant since a far-right faction of party rebels removed Kevin McCarthy on October 3.

It is to be noted that he was elected a few hours after the person they had chosen before decided not to continue due to disagreements within the party that have made it difficult for the country’s leaders to make decisions for over three weeks.

The confusion among US lawmakers has made it impossible for them to deal with the conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine or to prevent a potential government shutdown on November 18.

Johnson got the nomination shortly after Tom Emmer, the third-ranking Republican in the House, dropped out because some of the more uncompromising members of their party didn’t support him.

It’s uncertain if Johnson, a constitutional lawyer who presents himself as someone who can unite people, can resolve these disagreements.

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To become a speaker, candidates have to get at least 217 votes. Since the Republicans only have a small majority of 221 to 212 over the Democrats, losing votes is a big deal. In US politics, it’s rare for the opposing party to vote for the other party’s speaker nominee.

In a private vote, Johnson got more votes, and there will be another vote on the House floor on Wednesday.

According to the reports, the lawmakers were chanting, “Mike! Mike! Mike!” at a press conference. Republican Representative – Kevin Hern, who withdrew his own bid to support Johnson, stated, “He knows everybody very well, does a great job with bringing people to the floor, talking about our policies, and that’s what we need right now.”

Fourteen Republicans have thrown their hats in the ring for the position of Speaker since McCarthy left.

Emmer decided to step back after former President Donald Trump told Republicans not to support him. What made Emmer different from many other Republicans is that he voted to confirm that Joe Biden won the 2020 election, something he did after the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, by Trump’s supporters.

Trump, who is running for president again in 2024, initially supported Jim Jordan for Speaker, but Republicans dropped that idea last week when Jordan lost three-floor votes.

Before that, Steve Scalise was in the running, but the No. 2 House Republican withdrew because he couldn’t gather enough votes to win the position.

Democrats are open to a compromise candidate who can help the Housework effectively. However, many Republicans are against supporting someone who gets backing from the opposing party.

Top House Democrat Hakeem Jeffries was quoted saying, “We must pursue a bipartisan path forward and reopen the House,” according to Al Jazeera.

The uncertainty has made it more expensive for the US government to borrow money. In the last fiscal year, the government faced its largest-ever deficit of $1.7 trillion, and one reason for this was the increased interest payments it had to make.

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